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From visiting a Pirates Graveyard to the county’s annual Nob Festival, Dorset is full of weird and wonderful things to experience.

It’s the perfect place for a staycation or to invest in property due to the diverse range of attractions, landmarks and businesses; so make sure Dorset is number one on your bucket list.

Read on for the top 9 usual things to do in Dorset…

1. Alpaca My Bags!

Alpaca Trek, Dorset

Down on East Shilvinghampton Farm you can trek across the Dorset Countryside with the family Alpaca’s and Henry as your tour guide. A truly unique walking experience for your stay.

2. Visit the Pirate’s Graveyard

Pirate's Graveyard, Portland, Dorset

Underneath the spectacular Pennsylvania Castle on Portland, you’ll find the Pirate’s Graveyard. Here lay the bones of smugglers and ruins of St Andrew’s church with incredible sea views. This route is great for walking followed by a refreshing dip in Church Ope Cove.

If you’re looking for a place to stay whilst exploring the Pirate’s Graveyard, take a look at our range of Portland holiday cottages.

3. Studland Naturist Beach

Studland Naturist Beach

Along this beautiful stretch of Studland Beach, you’ll discover one of the most popular Naturist Beaches in the UK. The 900km area is marked with signs for guidance, should you wish to get closer to nature than ever before.

Check out our range of Studland holiday cottages.

4. Visit the Ghost Village of Tyneham

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Nestled in amongst the Lulworth hills and firing ranges sits Tyneham Village. This eerie attraction is the village that time forgot after residents were evacuated in 1943 during World War II.

The ruins of the cottages remain along with the schoolhouse and post office, which are especially preserved. If ghost stories are for you, then check out the most haunted places in Dorset and our collection of chilling Dorset ghost stories here

5. Dorset Knob Throwing

If Knob throwing, eating, painting or racing is your thing, you won’t want to miss the Dorset Knob Throwing competition. These traditional biscuits are honoured bi-annually in their own event which incorporates a food festival. The location typically changes per event but always hosts incredible countryside views.

6. Durdle Door

This stone arch is one of Dorset’s most iconic natural structures. With thousands of people flocking to see it each year, it’s one of the most popular images you’ll find to represent Dorset. Explore Durdle Door by land, sea or air by walking along the beach, jet-skiing or kayaking underneath it or booking a private helicopter ride. For more of Dorset’s scenery, read our blog: 11 of The Best Walks in Dorset.

7. Cerne Abbas Giant

Take a trip to Cerne Abbas and visit the Jolly Giant carved into the ancient hillside. The Cerne Abbas Giant is shrouded with mystery with many believing he aids fertility.

8. Nothe Fort

Nothe Fort, Dorset

Supposedly one of the most haunted locations in the UK, the Nothe Fort makes for a fantastic family day out. With dungeons to explore for the kids and breathtaking views from the top, the Nothe Fort is a must-do activity in Dorset. Discover more about Nothe Fort with a look at our blog: 11 Castles in Dorset You Must Visit.

9. Dorset Nettle Eating Championships

This competition is not for the faint-hearted! A tradition that is run by The Bottle Inn since 1997 happens each year in the pub gardens, whereby the person who eats the most nettle stems wins. If you don’t fancy taking part, this also makes for a brilliant spectator sport.

Why not keep yourself busy at one of these festivals in Dorset. There are so many great things to entertain you on your next Dorset holiday.

Book your Dorset Holiday Cottage today and start ticking off these weird and wonderful things to do! Or why not check out these 21 must-visit attractions in Dorset for some more fun-filled holiday ideas!